May 04, 2014
If you like bottled fruit juices you may have to rethink your infatuation. A new report from researchers at the University of Glasgow in the U.K. checked a glass of fruit juice to a can of soda just with a few more vitamins. And your idea of how healthy juice is can be way off. Researchers polled more than 2,000 adults, people underestimated the sugar content in juice by 48 percent.
Not to say you should ignore the juice aisle. Some varieties can be loaded with sugar, and some are still a healthy option, says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D. and a certified personal trainer. “Especially after a workout, the natural sugars from juice can help restore calories to jumpstart recovery and provide a boost of hydration,” she says.
Just remember an 8-oz serving of soda contains about 26 to 31 grams (g) of sugar. If your juice has more than that then be suspicious. Follow this guide to make smart juice picks at the grocery store.
Don't drink Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice
Even though it says “no sugar added,” the juice is sweetened with grape and apple juice concentrates, that equals 36 g of sugar per cup.
You can drink Lakewood Organic Pure Cranberry
It’s made with only cranberry juice and that is only 9 g per cup and the calories are only 75 compared to 140.
Don't drink Tropicana Berry Punch
It has only 5 percent juice in the mix and contains high fructose corn syrup as the second ingredient, and 29 g of sugar in
You can drink R.W. Knudsen Just Black Currant
It's 100 percent juice, and has 15 g of sugar per cup.
Don't drink Minute Maid Enhanced Pomegranate Blueberry
It has 29 g of sugar per cup with a blend of five fruit juices from concentrate, apple, grape, pomegranate, blueberry, and raspberry. The juices are listed in that order, that lets you know there is more apple and grape than blueberry and pomegranate I would think that's not why you bought it.
You can drink Eden Foods Organic Apple Juice
Apples are full of powerful antioxidants, too—and sometimes it pays to go back to basics with juice. This one packs a low 12 g of sugar per 8 oz.
Don't drink Jamba Juice Kale Orange Power
It’s made with OJ, banana, and kale. The only thing is the juice is made with more OJ and banana than the green stuff, and the sugar content is 40 g per 16 oz cup.
You can drink Evolution Fresh Essential Greens with Lime
It packs mostly vegetables kale, celery, romaine and a hint of fruit (lime) to keep sugars low. It has less than 12 g of sugar per 15.2 oz bottle.
Don't drink Welch’s Essentials Orange Pineapple Apple Juice Cocktail
The label says “no high fructose corn syrup” but it does contain added sugar for a total of 31 g per cup.
You can drink Simply Orange Juice with Pineapple
Contains almost one-quarter less sugar because it’s made with only orange and pineapple juice.